How to Spend 3 Days in the Floating City, Venice!
When I went to Europe last summer we spent 2 weeks in Italy but skipped Venice because my travel partner didn't have interest in going. I always knew I'd go at some point and once I saw that Venice was one of the only places I could easily get to Split (our next stop) from, I was sold.
Going in I read a lot of mixed reviews (it seemed like people either loved it or hated it) so I made sure to go in with an open mind but not expecting too much. We arrived around midnight and decided to splurge €100 on a private water taxi to our hostel which really set the scene for the rest of the trip I think. The city was dead since a lot of tourists come in for just the day, the sky was pitch black, and the canals dimly-lit. It felt as if we were on a Disneyland ride as we cruised along in almost complete silence (snapchatting the entire thing, of course). At the risk of sounding cheesy, it was definitely one of those "I'll never forget this" moments.
Where to Stay in Venice
Palazzo Morosini Degli Spezieri. Click here to see the latest prices.
What to do in Venice
My favorite tour company, Get Your Guide, offers many awesome Venice tours, as well as skip the line tickets to the most popular attractions. I highly recommend booking these advance to save yourself time and money while in Venice. Lines can be crazy! I use Get Your Guide for many reasons, in part because you are able to create an account with them and keep all of your tickets in one central location (especially important if you are visiting a handful of cities).
Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica tour. Click here to reserve your spot
Private gondola ride. Click here to reserve your spot
Private Venice tour with a local guide. Click here to reserve your spot
Legends and ghosts of Cannaregio tour (my favorite area in Venice!). Click here to reserve your spot
Other unique and highly rated Venice experiences:
To learn to row as a Venetian (this has TONS of unanimously positive reviews), click here!
For a tapas and wine tour through secret parts of Venice, click here
For a market tour and hands-on cooking class, click here
For a tour of Burano from a local (born and raised!), click here
For a Murano glass workshop, click here
For a half day tour of the best islands in the area, click here
To experience Venice like a local, via a tour of Cannaregio (my favorite area!), click here
To create your own famous Venice carnival mask, click here
To make your own pizza, click here
To explore Venice by kayak (soo cool!), click here
Day Trips from Venice
VERONA - day trip or en route to your next stop. For a day trip, click here to see the latest prices
BURANO - day trip. Click here to see the latest prices
MURANO - day trip. Click here to see the latest prices
TO CAPTURE YOUR PRICELESS MEMORIES VIA PHOTOSHOOT
You cannot go to Venice (and Italy in general) without properly documenting your trip, whether it’s for Instagram or just to have for yourself. Click here for the Venice memories photoshoot I recommend booking.